KARACHI: Leaders from opposition parties PTI and MQM agreed on Tuesday to continue consultations regarding election of a new opposition leader in the National Assembly.
A PTI delegation led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited MQM’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad, Karachi and met Dr Farooq Sattar and his team.
Asad Umar, Imran Ismail, Dr Firdous Naqvi represented the PTI while MQM side comprised of Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Amir Khan and Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar.
The two parties discussed the possibility of replacing PPP leader Khursheed Shah as the leader of opposition in the National Assembly.
After the meeting, Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM supported the resolution proposed by the PTI, adding that the parties discussed country’s overall political situation.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked: “We have no personal grievances against anyone. We respect Khursheed Shah but we have concerns regaring PPP-PML-N collusion during the installation of a caretaker set-up.”
To a question, he said the conditions of the city can’t improve till we have an effective local bodies system.
“What is the point of a mayor if he doesn’t have power?” added Shah. It is unfair if people don’t get adequate facilities despite casting their votes, he remarked, adding that the party leaders discussed a lot of issues with MQM-Pakistan.
Meanwhile, PTI has started making efforts to replace the opposition leader with its own senior member, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. – SAMAA
Story first published: 26th September 2017